Today’s interview is with Kyla Ewert!
Happy New Year, Kyla, and congratulations on being the first CMpro of the Month in 2016! To start off, tell us a little about yourself and your photography.
I’m beyond thrilled to be here! Thank you! I’m a proud wife to Tyler, and a blessed Mama to Atticus, Sullivan and Pepper. I spend my days trying to take in their smallness, eating too many sweets and surprised every day at 4pm that I have to make dinner. I love a good wheat ale beer, entertaining in our home (thank goodness my husband cooks,) and chasing sunsets in my minivan full of kids and a camera bag. When I’m not taking pictures I’m charging my camera’s battery and making the most of these long days and short years. It was when my oldest was born that I really dove into photography (5.5 years ago,) and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve always admired how you beautifully capture honesty in your images. Would you share a tip with us on how to do that?
Thank you! I just love real moments, real people, real life so much, that I can’t imagine pretending my life was something it wasn’t. I’m a straight shooter so my ability to tell it like it is can be good, and sometimes goes over the line. In photography, honesty is the way that speaks to my soul the most. I love it if my audience can actually relate to what I’m capturing. My tip for capturing honesty, is to sit back, realize it’s your kids or clients that are the brilliant one’s giving you this amazing,honest material to capture right in front of you.
You always have wonderful black and white conversions and I’d love to hear what you think makes a great black and white image.
Oh how I love a black and white image, thank you. I love using light in my images, and light in my opinion is what makes a black and white image. Black and white images make me search into the photo a bit more, and I’m less distracted by the surroundings. It draws me in, and I love how you can play around with exposure to really change the mood of an image.
There’s a wonderful simplicity to your work. What do you watch for when composing an image to keep the simplicity?
It’s so interesting to hear what others think of your work. I think this would come back to honesty in my images, honesty really is simple. I’m not trying to sugar coat much, I’m looking for clean lines, light, repetition, shadows and a real moment thrown in the middle of it. I don’t fuss over what I’m capturing or editing, and the saying ” what you see is what you get,” is what I want to represent, that is how I want to have my memories captured, I’ll always be drawn to real.
I always love asking people this question; what is your go-to lens?
At the moment, my sigma 24mm 1.4. I just got it this past year, and it’s come in so handy for my style of shooting and for the video I’ve been doing the last few months.
You are in business but still manage to take lots of photos of your own family. How do you stay motivated on your days off work to take pictures for yourself?
I talk about this a fair bit in my breakout, but I did a 365 project in 2013 and became addicted to the photo a day thing, only now I don’t take my camera out every day, more like once a week, and I shoot for 10 minutes and then show a picture from that snippet of time, daily. It’s been freeing for me and the kids to not have my camera out so much. The only way to get better at photography is to keep shooting, so that is really motivating to me. I feel I’m giving my kids and my clients a gift by always striving to improve. I am also never afraid to put my camera down if I’m just not feeling it.
What is one piece of encouragement you could offer to parents just starting out in photographing their own children?
Shoot what speaks to you, what it is that you want to remember about your child? Shoot that. Start there and then start adding in other elements, start with light, if your image converts to a black and white beautifully, you are getting your light right.
In your upcoming Breakout, Images From The Heart, you discuss how your photos write a love letter to your children. Can you elaborate on this some?
As you’ve said my images are honest. They are how I saw my kids, what I wanted to remember of them, and I’ve really tried to shoot with the future in mind, always asking myself what it is right now that I’m loving, or struggling with,and I strive to go capture that. I want them to see that these images are my gift to them, and to hopefully show how they shaped me and made me love in a way I didn’t think possible. I want them to see their beauty inside and out, or at least see it from my eyes, and to have these images to look back on with memories of a childhood full of life, love and adoration.
Since it’s the new year, what are some of your goals, personal and professional, this year?
I love setting goals. It’s so motivating to me to work towards something. This sometimes becomes a problem when I have 20 goals in a very short span of time that I want to accomplish. This year I’m going to work on getting my stock images up and running, multiple exposures and video in photography. Personally, I’d love to get back at Pilates, funny how having kids puts working out on the back burner, but I really miss it, and I’m seeing some barely visible light at the end of the tunnel as far as exhaustion and having kids goes, so I’d really like to get that into my routine again.